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Deer Creek to Tapeats Creek Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.29 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,311 feet
Elevation Gain 329 feet
Accumulated Gain 617 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.35
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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30  2018-04-15
Grand Canyon River Running
8  2016-10-28
Deer Creek - Tapeats - Thunder River Loop
20  2016-10-12
Bill Hall Trail
65  2016-04-09
Grand Canyon River Running
15  2015-10-28
Thunder River / Deer Creek Loop
44  2015-10-26
Deer Creek / Thunder River AZ
69  2015-10-09
Thunder River / Deer Creek Loop
19  2014-10-25
Bill Hall - Deer Crk - Thunder River - Tapeats
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Author chumley
author avatar Guides 74
Routes 660
Photos 12,527
Trips 1,360 map ( 10,095 miles )
Age 45 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Feb, Mar, Jan → Early
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:10am - 6:18pm
Official Route
4 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Deer Creek Narrows
Deer Creek Narrows
0.0 mi away
0.8 mi
500 ft
Cogswell Butte
Cogswell Butte
1.2 mi away
Deer Creek Trail - GC
Deer Creek Trail - GC
1.8 mi away
3.1 mi
139 ft
Middle Fork of Deer Creek
2.7 mi away
20.0 mi
6,000 ft
Tapeats Spring
Tapeats Spring
3.0 mi away
6.2 mi
1,690 ft
Bridgers Knoll
3.9 mi away
Stone Creek via Colorado River
4.3 mi away
4.0 mi
1,500 ft
Thunder River Trail
Thunder River Trail
4.7 mi away
13.0 mi
-4,260 ft
Fishtail Mesa
4.8 mi away
Bill Hall Trail
Bill Hall Trail
5.1 mi away
2.6 mi
-1,790 ft
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Fauna Nearby
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Culture Nearby
River Walk
by chumley

Likely In-Season!
This is a regularly used route that connects Deer Creek Camp (AX7) with Lower Tapeats Creek (AW8). It is not a maintained trail, and involves scrambling, short climbs, and loose footing on steep rocky slopes.

This description explains the route from west to east, but can just as easily be traveled from Tapeats to Deer Creek.

The hike begins by crossing to the east side of Deer Creek just above the "Patio". Cairns mark the well-worn route up a steady 300-foot ascent to a saddle in the first .025 miles. The next 0.25 miles descends 200 feet before crossing a drainage and leveling out. (Along the way, you pass a cairned junction for a more precarious route that parallels this route a couple of hundred feet lower along cliffs just above the river.)

The next 1.25 miles is a fairly steady traverse with expansive views of the canyon while making it's way around a couple of small drainages before dropping steeply back to the river at the 2 mile mark. (This is also where the lower route re-joins this route).

The remaining 1.25 miles of the route crosses a variety of terrain: deep sand, river rock, and typical inner-canyon rocky terrain. At the 2.75 mile mark, the route passes Bonita Creek and requires a steep climb up a loose slope. Shortly before arriving at the mouth of Tapeats Creek, you pass an open campsite (AM9) along the Colorado before reaching the designated camp at Lower Tapeats (AW8).

East of the creek is a boat beach where rafters often park for day hikes to Thunder River.

All overnight use in Grand Canyon National Park requires a permit obtainable from the Backcountry Office. Designated camps are available at both ends of this route, and permits for dispersed camping are available along the river. Rafters may day-hike this route without an additional permit.

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2014-10-21 chumley
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One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To hike
This route begins at the Deer Creek Patio. Alternately it can be hiked in reverse from the mouth of Tapeats Creek.
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